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Max Sterk Freya Santana Cubas Amakali wildlife conservation observation monitoring tracking

Our solution

Our view of nature and species conservation is rooted in a broad understanding of ecological science. We see conservation management as an interdisciplinary endeavour that encompasses environmental, social and governance issues. As Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) are often overlooked in global conservation efforts, we promote the participation of IPLCs and support their knowledge of the natural environment to develop nature-based solutions and build a wildlife/biodiversity-based economy.

Through this approach, we can simultaneously address multiple objectives outlined in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

Our mission is therefore to demonstrate the significant value of conservation as a sustainable land use and to maximise the positive impacts that benefit both people and nature.

The faces behind Amakali

Freya Santana Cubas Amakali Nature Conservation Ecologist Biologist

M.Sc. International Nature Conservation

M.Sc. Biology

B.Sc. Biology

Maximilian Sterk Conservation Black Rhino Amakali Nature Conservation Ecologist Biologist

M.Sc. International Nature Conservation

B.Sc. Environmental Bioscience

Our story

Driven by the shared vision of Freya and Max, two passionate conservation biologists, Amakali Conservation is dedicated to protecting wilderness and wildlife and deliver high-impact conservation outcomes and support community-based projects.

Freya is from the Canary Islands and grew up between the mountains and the sea. She has always been keen to visit new natural places around the world and quickly learned the importance of education and local cooperation in successful conservation practices. Max is from Germany, but has focused on the African continent since leaving school. Specialising in protected area management and large mammal monitoring programmes, he has seen first-hand the complex coordination of field operations and the active protection of rhinos and other threatened species.

The combination of our strong scientific backgrounds and professional experience from different perspectives in the conservation industry, including government, NGOs and the private sector, has prepared us to apply technical expertise and practical skills, including the use of equipment and technology, to solve complex challenges. Working with people from different regions, cultures and ages, we communicate clearly and calmly, are empathetic and motivational, but are also able to provide strategic leadership and demonstrate analytical and critical thinking.


The name 'Amakali' pays tribute to our beloved friend and mentor, Christopher Amakali, who sadly passed away in 2018.  He had a great passion and love for conservation and dedicated his life to the protection of Africa's wildlife. As he always dreamed of 'making a difference', we have pledged to continue his legacy.

Our logo

Our logo represents the mountain aloe (Aloe marlothii), a succulent plant native to the rocky outcrops and open plains of Southern Africa.  It shares these landscapes with many of our favourite animals, is known for its robustness and strength and is used in a number of remedies by indigenous African cultures.


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